Cooperstown Chronicles – Mickey Vernon

Nov 30, 2008

 The Veterans Committee is going to vote on twenty players for induction into the Hall of Fame.  There are ten players pre-1943 and ten post-1943.  Today I profile Mickey Vernon from that group.  Mickey passed away in September so I waited to profile him last.


Dom DiMaggio, Mickey Vernon, and Ted Williams

Numbers
Played 1939-1960 (20 seasons)
2409 Games
8731 At Bats
.286 Average
.359 On-base %
.428 Slugging %
1196 Runs
2495 Hits
490 Doubles
120 Triples
172 HRs
1311 RBI
955 Walks
137 SBs

Four .300 Seasons
One 100+ Run Season
Two 200+ Hit Seasons
Six 30+ Triple Seasons (One 40+, One 50+)
Four 10+ Triple Seasons
One 100+ RBI Seasons

Playoffs:  

Awards
7 All-Star Appearances
MVP Votes in 5 Seasons

Top Ten Finishes
Batting Average - 4 Times (Batting Crowns in 1946 & 1953)
On-base % - 4 Times
Slugging % - 4 Times
OPS - 5 Times
Games - 8 Times
At Bats - 7 Times
Runs - 3 Times
Hits - 6 Times
Total Bases - 5 Times
Doubles - 9 Times (Led league in ’46, ’53 & ’54)
Triples – 9 Times
HRs – Once
RBI - 8 Times
Walks – Once
SBs – 7 Times
Hit by Pitch – 4 Times (Led league in 1943)
Intentional Walks – Once

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Batting – 14 (165) (Average HOFer ≈ 27)
Gray Ink: Batting – 149 (87) (Average HOFer ≈ 144)
HOF Standards: Batting – 33.0 (215) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Batting – 71.5 (249) (Likely HOFer > 100

MIckey had some great seasons, but his career as a whole does appear to justify has Hall of Fame induction at first glance.  However, you have to factor in his two prime seasons lost to World War II.  His hit total would have likely improved to 2800+.  His RBI total would been close to 1500.  His Run total close to 1400.  I certainly won’t punish a guy for answering his call to duty.  He did win a pair of batting titles in 1946 & 1953, which helps his cause.  He also had the misfortune of playing on some dreadful Washington Senators teams.  Despite his missed time he holds the record for being part of 2044 Double Plays.  I initially said I would pass on him, but after digging a little deeper, I feel there is a place for Mickey in the Hall of Fame.

References
Baseball-reference.com

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* Signifies actual Hall of Famer

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    December 8th, 2008 at 9:21 am #

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    [...] Gordon was the only player elected of the twenty. I feel Mickey Vernon, Deacon White, Joe Torre (unless they were just voting on his playing career), Sherry Magee, Ron [...]

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